Woodenshoe Trailhead to Dark Canyon

Blanding, Utah 84511

Woodenshoe Trailhead to Dark Canyon

Woodenshoe Trailhead to Dark Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Woodenshoe Canyon, Dark Canyon’s longest tributary, stretches more than 15 miles from its headwaters draw high on South Elk Ridge to its mouth deep in the wild middle reaches of Dark Canyon. Throughout much of its length, Woodenshoe Canyon averages 1,200 feet in depth, carving a spectacular gorge through the thickest exposures of Cedar Mesa Sandstone on the Colorado Plateau.

Woodenshoe begins as a shallow draw mantled in forests of pine and fir and groves of aspen. In its middle reaches, the canyon floor is broad and the wash is fringed by a ribbon of riparian growth. The deepest part of the canyon, in its lower reaches, is a limestoneembraced inner gorge—a dry narrow hallway that stretches to the pinyon- and juniper-clad benches at the canyon’s mouth."

Woodenshoe Trailhead to Dark Canyon Reviews

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5/15/1998
Several years ago I hiked from the Woodenshoe trailhead to Dark Canyon and westward through Dark Canyon to and out through the Sundance Trail. (This required a shuttle.) With some side explorations, this was a five day hike. Many campsites with plentiful water. Gorgeous scenery. At least one very nice, small, Anazasi ruin in Woodenshoe. Total trailhead to trailhead distance - about 34 miles.
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Trail Information

Blanding
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
29.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 to 4 days
Duration
Late May through June; Sept through Oct
Season
Hiking
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Jul 2018